Devon is a prosperous county in South West England. It is a rural area with many farms and a beautiful coastline. The sandy beaches around the sizeable towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham are popular with holiday makers and retirees who appreciate the milder winters and sunny summers enjoyed here. This area is known as the English Riviera.
The capital city of Devon is Exeter, a university city with a beautiful Cathedral which dates back to 1114, and several streets of up-market shops in historic buildings. The Guildhall is one of the loveliest medieval buildings and is still in use today. It is worthwhile taking a guided tour with the volunteer red coats that will show visitors the historic sights of this lovely city.
North Devon has its own special character, with stunning landscapes, cliffs, coves and long sandy beaches. East Devon is known as the Jurassic Coast for its many fossils and rocky cliffs which span three eras including the Cretaceious perios, the Triassic age and the Jurassic period.
Dartmoor National Park is an area of windswept peaty moorland, with granite hill tops known as Tors. It is occupied mainly by sheep and wild ponies. It is beautiful to walk or drive through in the summer. One unique pursuit is ‘Dartmoor letterboxing’, a type of treasure hunt. People have hidden boxes all over Dartmoor and walkers can buy guides with clues. If they discover a letterbox, there will be a box with a visitor’s book to sign, and a stamp to record it on the finder’s record card before hiding the box again. It adds an element of purpose and excitement to Dartmoor hill walking. Cycling and pony trekking are also popular here.
Devon is a very popular holiday destination, especially with those who enjoy the outdoor life. It is famous for its lamb production, fresh fish and clotted cream which is traditionally served with scones and jam as an afternoon tea.